AAA predicts increase in Oklahoma Labor Day travel

AAA Oklahoma predicts that 386,000 Oklahomans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: August 21, 2012 at 9:53 am •  Published: August 21, 2012
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AAA Oklahoma predicts that 386,000 Oklahomans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

That's a 4 percent increase from the 371,000 Oklahomans who traveled last year. A spokesman for AAA Oklahoma says consumer confidence appears to be driving the increase this year — especially because gas prices have gone up lately.

Nationwide, 33 million people are expected to travel over Labor Day — up 2.9 percent from 2011. The AAA says it's the third holiday this year in which more people are traveling: Memorial Day travel was up 1.2 percent and July 4 travel increased 4.9 percent.

The AAA says that nationally, 85 percent of travelers will travel by car over Labor Day.


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